Mozambique and Angola are the Portuguese-speaking countries that, along with ten other African countries, are part of the new Global Alliance to End AIDS in Childhood by 2030. The fact was announced during the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada.
The partnership, promoted by the United Nations HIV/AIDS Programme (UNAIDS), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to end AIDS in children and ensure that no child living with HIV is denied treatment by 2030.
Worldwide, only half (52%) of children living with HIV receive life-saving treatment, a much lower percentage than adults (76%).
The establishment of the new Global Partnership to End AIDS in Children by 2030 was announced by leading figures at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada.
The partnership also includes civil society organizations such as the Global Network of People Living with HIV, national governments of the most affected countries, and international partners.
Twelve countries have joined the alliance: Angola, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“No child should be born or grow up with HIV and no child with HIV should go untreated,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
“That only half of children with HIV receive antiretrovirals is a scandal and a stain on our collective conscience. The Global Partnership to End AIDS in Children provides an opportunity to renew our commitment to children and their families, to come together, to talk and act with a common purpose and in solidarity with all mothers, children and adolescents,” he added.